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June 28, 2013

Senate Record Digest - Thursday, June 27, 2013

Senate confirmed the nomination of Anthony Renard Foxx, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Transportation.

Senate passed S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, as amended.

Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 19, Adjournment Resolution.

By 68 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 168), Senate passed S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, after taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto.

Senate passed H.R. 1151, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly.

Senate passed H.R. 2383, to designate the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois as the ``Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge''.


Routine Proceedings, pages S5315-S5512

Measures Introduced:
Thirty-two bills and four resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1237-1268, S. Res. 190-192, and S. Con. Res. 19.
Pages S5498-99

Measures Reported:

S. 1243, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. (S. Rept. No. 113-45)

S. 1244, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. (S. Rept. No. 113-46)

S. 1245, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. (S. Rept. No. 113-47)

H.R. 2216, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 113-48)

S. 27, to clarify authority granted under the Act entitled ``An Act to define the exterior boundary of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in the State of Utah''. (S. Rept. No. 113-49)

S. 59, to designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California. (S. Rept. No. 113-50)

S. 156, to allow for the harvest of gull eggs by the Huna Tlingit people within Glacier Bay National Park in the State of Alaska, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 113-51)

S. 211, to amend certain definitions contained in the Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain property descriptions. (S. Rept. No. 113-52)

S. 225, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks. (S. Rept. No. 113-53)

S. 241, to establish the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area in the State of New Mexico, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 113-54)

S. 256, to amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 113-55)

S. 284, to transfer certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to Fort Sumner Irrigation District, New Mexico. (S. Rept. No. 113-56)

S. 305, to authorize the acquisition of core battlefield land at Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond for addition to Vicksburg National Military Park, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 113-57)

S. 312, to adjust the boundary of the Carson National Forest, New Mexico. (S. Rept. No. 113-58)

S. 342, to designate the Pine Forest Range Wilderness area in Humboldt County, Nevada. (S. Rept. No. 113-59)

S. 349, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of the Beaver, Chipuxet, Queen, Wood, and Pawcatuck Rivers in the States D648of Connecticut and Rhode Island for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. (S. Rept. No. 113-60)

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S. 368, to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 113-61)

S. 371, to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, to dedicate the Park to John H. Chafee. (S. Rept. No. 113-62)

S. 447, to provide for the conveyance of certain cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota. (S. Rept. No. 113-63)

S. 476, to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 113-64)

S. 507, to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 113-65)

S. 609, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land in San Juan County, New Mexico, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 113-66)

S. 736, to establish a maximum amount for special use permit fees applicable to certain cabins on National Forest System land in the State of Alaska, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 113-67)

S. 757, to provide for the implementation of the multispecies habitat conservation plan for the Virgin River, Nevada, and Lincoln County, Nevada, to extend the authority to purchase certain parcels of public land. (S. Rept. No. 113-68)

H.R. 316, to reinstate and transfer certain hydroelectric licenses and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of certain hydroelectric projects, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 113-69)
Pages S5497-98

Measures Passed:
Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act: By 68 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 168), Senate passed S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, after taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
Pages S5315-17, S5329-S5475
Adopted: By 68 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 166), Senate adopted the committee-reported substitute amendment.
Page S5330
Withdrawn: Reid Amendment No. 1552 (to the language proposed to be stricken by the reported committee substitute amendment to the bill), to change the enactment date.
Pages S5316, S5329-30
Reid Amendment No. 1553 (to Amendment No. 1552), of a perfecting nature.
Pages S5316, S5329-30
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action: Chair sustained a point of order that Leahy (for Reed) Amendment No. 1224, to clarify the physical present requirements for merit-based immigrant visa applicants, was not in order, and the amendment thus fell.
Page S5316
Chair sustained a point of order that Cruz Amendment No. 1320, to replace title I of the bill with specific border security requirements, which shall be met before the Secretary of Homeland Security may process applications for registered immigrant status or blue card status and to avoid Department of Homeland Security budget reductions, was not in order, and the amendment thus fell.
Page S5316
Chair sustained a point of order that Boxer/Landrieu Amendment No. 1240, to require training for National Guard and Coast Guard officers and agents in training programs on border protection, immigration law enforcement, and how to address vulnerable populations, such as children and victims of crime, was not in order, and the amendment thus fell.
Page S5316
By 68 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 167), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
Page S5330
Triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly: Senate passed H.R. 1151, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly.
Page S5509
Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge: Senate passed H.R. 2383, to designate the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois as the ``Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge''.
Page S5509
Congressional Gold Medal: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 324, to grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II, and the bill was then passed.
Pages S5509-10
Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 192, commemorating the 150th D649anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the significance of this battle in the history of the United States.
Page S5510
Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 19, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives.
Page S5510

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Printing--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, as amended, and passed by the Senate, be printed.
Page S5510

Signing Authority--Agreement : A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that from Friday, June 28, 2013 through Monday, July 8, 2013, the Majority Leader and Senators Mikulski and Reed be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.
Page S5510

Authorizing Leadership to Make Appointments--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the upcoming recess or adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the President Pro Tempore, and the Majority and Minority Leaders be authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.
Page S5510

Pro Forma--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Senate adjourn, and convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, the Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.; Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.; and Friday, July 5, 2013 at 12 p.m.; and that the Senate adjourn on Friday, July 5, 2013, until 2 p.m., on Monday, July 8, 2013, unless the Senate receives a message from the House of Representatives that it has adopted S. Con. Res. 19, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives, and that if the Senate receives such a message, the Senate adjourn until 2 p.m., on Monday, July 8, 2013.
Page S5510

Message from the President:
Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:

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Transmitting, pursuant to law, the notification of the President's intent to terminate the designation of Bangladesh as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program; which was referred to the Committee on Finance. (PM-15)
Page S5492

Dorsey Nomination--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Jennifer A. Dorsey, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada; that there be one hour for debate equally divided in the usual form; that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nomination; and that no further motions be in order.
Page S5508

Phillips Nomination--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, July 8, 2013, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Gregory Alan Phillips, of Wyoming, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nomination; and that no further motions be in order.
Page S5508

West Nomination--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Derek Anthony West, of California, to be Associate Attorney General; that there be one hour for debate equally divided in the usual form; that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nomination; and that no further motions be in order.
Page S5508

Nominations Confirmed:
Senate confirmed the following nominations: By a unanimous vote of 100 yeas (Vote No. EX. 165), Anthony Renard Foxx, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Transportation.
Pages S5329, S5511
Sylvia M. Becker, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States for the term expiring September 30, 2013. Sylvia M. Becker, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States for the term expiring September 30, 2016. Marietta S. Robinson, of Michigan, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2010.

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(Prior to this action, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration.)
Pages S5508-09, S5511-12
Allison M. Macfarlane, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2018. Brian C. Deese, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. William S. Jasien, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board for a term expiring October 11, 2015. Ann Marie Buerkle, of New York, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2011. (Prior to this action, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration.)
Pages S5508-09, S5511-12
Daniel M. Tangherlini, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of General Services. 1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general. 1 Army nomination in the rank of general. 1 Coast Guard nomination in the rank of admiral. 1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral. Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Navy.
Pages S5508-09, S5511-12
Howard A. Shelanski, of Pennsylvania, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.
Pages S5509, S5511

Nominations Received:
Senate received the following nominations: Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr., of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana for the term of four years. Robert Bonnie, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. Krysta L. Harden, of Georgia, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Susan J. Rabern, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Katherine M. O'Regan, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Ellen C. Herbst, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce. Ellen C. Herbst, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Commerce. Ronald J. Binz, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2018. James Costos, of California, to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to Andorra. Patrick Hubert Gaspard, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. Steve A. Linick, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of State. James C. Swan, of California, to be Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kirk W.B. Wagar, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore. Alexa Lange Wesner, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Austria. Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. 35 Army nominations in the rank of general. 24 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral. Routine lists in the Navy.
Pages S5510-11

Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Pages S5492, S5510

Executive Communications:
Pages S5493-95

Petitions and Memorials:
Pages S5495-97

Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S5499-S5501

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S5501-07

Additional Statements:
Pages S5491-92

Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Page S5507

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Pages S5507-08

Privileges of the Floor:
Page S5508

Record Votes:
Four record votes were taken today. (Total--168)
Pages S5329, S5330, S5356-57

Adjournment:
Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:20 p.m., until 12:15 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5510.)




Next Meeting:
SENATE
12:15 p.m., Friday, June 28
Senate Chamber

Program for Friday:
Senate will meet in a pro forma session, unless the Senate receives a message that the House of Representatives has agreed to S. Con. Res. 19, Adjournment Resolution.

Source: Daily Digest; Full Senate Record

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